Courses

By the end of this class, you will know how to define your retirement lifestyle, understand your income needs and create your own personal retirement checklist. Learn investment planning techniques and risk avoidance strategies. Don't get caught unprepared for retirement.


May 12-14, 2020, HCC 0260
Spend the afternoon tasting and exploring different beer styles. Award-winning homebrewer Steve Brainerd will guide you through the tour and teach you about what makes each style unique. Students must be 21 years of age or older and bring ID. Bring $10 (cash or check only) to instructor at class for beer samples.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Discover composition elements that will help you create the "WOW" factor. Understand how to use your camera's advanced controls and lenses as creative tools to modify detail, contrast, form, and depth. This course is intended for students who are interested in specialized techniques such as HDR, focus stacking, night photography, supplemental lighting, panoramas, and tethering. Taught by a professional photographer.


Saturday, May 9, 2020, HCC 0190
Weave pine needle baskets with Ponderosa needles coiled in native tradition. Finish with different patterns, stitches and embellishments from nature. Bring $15 materials fee, scissors, and a lunch.


Saturday, May 16, 2020, RDM3 305
Sunday, May 17, 2020, BEC 0152
Impress your friends and learn how to make those pricey, yet beautiful and delicious French cookies: Macarons and Madeleines. Make a meringue for your Macarons and learn to pipe it into perfect rounds. Then fill them with two different fillings: lemon curd and ganache. Students will also create buttery Madeleines, crispy on the outside and spongy on the inside. Finish by dipping them in chocolate. Délicieux!


Saturday, May 9, 2020, CUL 116
Looking to lower your grocery bill? There are several 'staples' that are easy to make at home, and will cost much less than purchasing in the store! Come join the fun as we take the "DIY" craze into the kitchen. This demonstration class will provide instruction and sampling of homemade almond milk, granola, gluten free crackers and hummus


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Emotional eating contributes significantly to weight gain and the struggles with weight loss. In addition, it generates uncomfortable feelings of self-judgment and guilt. Join Integrative Nutritionist Dianne Porter to learn how to shift this unconscious habit into one of contemplation. Dianne will help you explore writing exercises designed to promote healthy habits.


Monday, May 11, 2020, CHLAB 301
Join Nurse Practitioner and Certified Eden Energy Medicine Advanced Practitioner Gail Jett to explore the basics of energy healing and energy medicine. Learn the science behind these modalities and ways to augment your own health and well-being with some simple techniques that can increase energy, vitality, mental clarity and focus.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Many people are exploring the benefits of alternative therapies for their pets. Join Gail Jett, Nurse Practitioner and Certified Eden Energy Medicine Advanced Practitioner, as she explains the foundation of energy medicine and demonstrates simple techniques you can use with your pets.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
How can you ensure your estate is passed on according to your wishes after you are gone? This class will give you an overview of estate planning and address the preparation and uses for power of attorney, advanced directives, trusts and wills.


Saturday, June 6, 2020, RTEC 124
This class provides an overview of estate planning addresses probate, estate and capital gains taxes, health and long-term care planning, and legal and financial options. Find out why living trusts are essential regardless of wealth.


Wednesday, May 6, 2020, BEC 0152
Create, edit, format, and save spreadsheets using Excel. Write formulas, create charts, manage multiple worksheets, and customize the appearance to meet your needs.


April 29, 2020 to May 6, 2020, LIB 0117
May 12-14, 2020, MDR 120
May 13-15, 2020, BEC 0156
June 12-19, 2020, RDM1 128
Streamline your work in Excel by managing multiple worksheets, using conditional formatting, IF, DATE and LOOKUP functions, using templates and protecting your worksheets.


May 5-7, 2020, BEC 0156
June 3-10, 2020, LIB 0117
This course is for experienced Excel users who want to learn tools including Flashfill, Styles, Text to Columns, Grouping Worksheets, SubTotals, PivotTables, Macros and more.


Wednesday, June 17, 2020, BEC 0156
Begin your adventure on dry land with a general overview of equipment and terminology. Learn basic knots, how to string up a fly rod, and how to fly cast. Practice casting on grass to prepare for your afternoon on the river. Once you've gotten the hang of casting, the class will move to the Crooked River where you can use your new casting skills. You'll also learn about fly selection, fishing techniques, catch and release tactics, and preservation and ethics. Current fishing license required. Bring $20 payable to instructor at class for flies and leader. Information on class location and materials will be emailed to registered students. Rain or shine.


Saturday, June 13, 2020
Saturday, June 27, 2020
Bring a world of flavor to your dinner table with easy gluten-free and dairy-free classic sauces. You will gain mastery in sauces of various ethnic traditions such as Mexican Mole Sauce, Thai Coconut Curry, Mediterranean Caper Sauce, and Spanish Romesco Sauce. These sauces are bursting with flavor while accommodating common dietary restrictions. Guaranteed to impress your family and dinner guests.


Saturday, May 2, 2020, CUL 119
Ham Radio (amateur radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together. Before you can get on the air, you need to be licensed and understand the rules to operate legally. This class will help you prepare to pass the Ham Radio Licensed Technician test and obtain your license so you can begin your journey into ham radio. Bring $15 check for cost of test. Students age 16 or older may register for this class but those under age 18 must attend with a paid parent or adult.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Chronic inflammation can cause irreversible damage to joints, bowels, heart and blood vessels and the brain. Inflammatory foods, poor digestion, and chronic stress all contribute to this type of inflammation. Learn about the causes, effects and remedies of chronic inflammation. Explore the anti-inflammatory diets now being used by millions to significantly improve their health, digestion and energy.


Tuesday, May 12, 2020, CHLAB 301
It is possible to have a successful garden in our challenging region! Join Master Gardener Liz Douville to learn about climate, soil basics, fertilizers, compost and watering requirements. This class is a great first step for those who are new to gardening in the High Desert or for seasoned gardeners to find fresh ideas for an existing garden.


Saturday, May 2, 2020, HCC 0140
This class covers simple, classic brunch items that will impress your family and friends for any upcoming holiday brunch. Recipes will include delicious yeasted coffee cake, quiche and scones.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Horses are astute and direct at reading body language. If you've ever wondered how your body language conveys confidence, clarity, honesty and emotion, let the horses show you. Students will learn about themselves through these unique interactions with horses. No riding involved and no experience required.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Enhance the impact of your photos by understanding the elements of image composition. Take your camera off of "auto" to explore more advanced camera settings. This course is taught by a professional photographer and is intended for students who are familiar with DSLR camera controls and who wish to become more proficient with adjustable shutter, aperture and other advanced manual controls.


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Join Chef Shannon with this hands-on International Sunday Dinner series. The final class in this winter series visits the Mediterranean region. Students will prepare a traditional Greek Moussaka, Phyllo Crusted Spanakopita and a Tomato Feta Salad.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Astrology has been defined as a symbolic language, an art form and a science. Join this class and learn the basic tenants of astrology, regardless of its definition. Class will cover the 12 signs of the Zodiac and the planets that rule each house. Students will identify their own sign, draw its symbols and create their own personal Zodiac chart.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Discover how to take incredible photos with your iPhone. This class will teach you how to use the camera more effectively using basic composition skills, image editing, and apps that add something extra to your images.


Monday, May 18, 2020, CHLAB 301
You don't have to be German to love Bratwurst. Learn to make fresh Bratwurst from start to finish. Explore different sausages and curing techniques and then jump in to make your own, just in time for summer grilling season.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Learn what you need to know before it's too late to make the most of your Social Security!


Tuesday, May 5, 2020, HCC 0260
The standard treatment for low thyroid is lifelong medication, but there's more one can do to heal and to support this critical gland. Explore how foods like wheat and soy can interfere with thyroid function, while iodine and certain herbs can help. Fill out a thyroid questionnaire and learn to take your basal body temperature, an indicator of thyroid function.


Tuesday, May 5, 2020, CHLAB 301
Continue to grow your MI skills and practice through conversations and activities. This course is for professionals practicing MI with clients on a regular basis.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a continual learning process. Professionals with previous MI training or practice will continue developing skills in their role supporting individuals to make and sustain behavior changes.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
This introduction course covers the spirit, core skills and processes of MI, as well as the most current research of MI use and effective practice.


Friday, May 8, 2020, BEC 0154
Make your transition from peer to supervisor successful! Being promoted to a role supervising your former peers is one of the most difficult transitions to make in your career. Learn how to develop agreements to hold yourself and others accountable, build your team, set goals, support your organization and create documentation of poor performance. Discussion includes new communication rules related to confidentiality, role modeling, and recognition.


Thursday, June 4, 2020, BEC 0154
Learn how to support your digestive, circulatory and immune systems to prevent a variety of health challenges that can occur with age. Examine the foods, dietary habits and supplements that can promote healthier living.


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Do you have limited space, or need help planning and setting up your garden? This class will help you create balance and harmony in smaller areas by integrating organic herbs, vegetables and perennials. Learn to design a garden that is beautiful and functional. We will talk about ways to utilize limited space with the use of containers, and vertical gardening. The second half of class will focus on students designing their own garden by applying techniques learned in class.


Saturday, May 30, 2020, RDM3 305
Saturday, June 6, 2020, BEC 0152
Explore how to paint dynamic landscapes in oil, based on a photograph. Learn how to apply strong value, design and color to any landscape reference in order to master the challenge of making your painting look better than the photograph. Bring your own landscape photo or one will be provided. All skill levels welcome. Materials are required for this course.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Perspective is a drawing technique that gives objects the appearance of going back in space, showing distance and depth. This class will focus on easy, step-by-step instructions for creating one and two-point perspective drawings. Materials are required for this course.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
You and your pet can bring unconditional love and proven psychological and medical benefits to others. Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program is a great way to volunteer with your pet for visiting animal programs. This workshop will provide you with the skills needed to take the next step towards visiting with your pet in hospitals, nursing homes, classrooms and other facilities.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Dive into the world of digital photography. Learn how to capture a beautiful image and use simple photo editing techniques to create a final product. Course includes an overview of basic camera controls as well as post-processing techniques. No experience required. Bring your camera and user's manual.


Saturday, May 9, 2020, RTEC 124
Before the weather warms up and entices you outside to dig in the dirt, spend some time studying planting calendars, researching plant varieties that flourish in Central Oregon and sharing ideas to get the most out of the gardening season. Learn the keys to successful gardening from an experienced Central Oregon gardener.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Solve common business problems using popular techniques such as the basic five-step process and the A3 continuous improvement approach to problem-solving.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Project management is becoming a vital part of many professions. Gain an overview of how to navigate all phases of project management, including how to successfully initiate, plan, execute, control, and close out projects applying industry accepted project management best practices.


Friday, May 15, 2020, BEC 0152
Discover how to restore bone health with or without medication. Find out how bone-rebuilding medications work and the potential side effects so you can make an informed decision. You are invited to bring your DEXA scan report, if you have one.


Tuesday, May 26, 2020, CHLAB 301
Learn why medications can be essential for treating Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) in the short-term yet damaging to your digestion over time. Get relief without medications; stop suppressing the stomach acid that's essential to healthy digestion. Explore which foods and eating habits are most likely to produce the stomach swelling that aggravates GERD.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Want to learn to sew, but not sure how to use your sewing machine? This class is a great way to get started on your sewing adventure. Bring your machine and owner's manual and learn common features shared by all standard sewing machines, as well as some features specific to your model. This two-hour class is intended for the beginner with a portable, standard sewing machine (not specialty machines for quilting or embroidery). Materials are required for this course.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
The Spanish Health Care Interpreter training prepares bilingual individuals to serve as Health Care Interpreters in medical settings and meets the Oregon Health Care interpreter law standards for entry-level training and education. For more information, visit our Spanish Healthcare Interpreter webpage.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Join professional artist Barbara Berry to explore a variety of special effects using watercolor paint and a combination of other media. In this workshop, students will learn how to create texture using items such as sea salt, rice paper collage, plastic wrap, rubbing alcohol and white acrylic paint to enhance their watercolor paintings. More traditional techniques such as brush rolling, lifting and toothbrush spattering will also be explored. All skill levels welcome. Materials provided except for paper. Paper available for purchase in class at $2-$3/sheet.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Medicare is a critical source of health insurance for 44 million Americans. You need in-depth information on the often confusing process of the Medicare system to make informed choices with your own, or a loved one's, health insurance.


Tuesday, May 12, 2020, RDM3 306
Thursday, July 16, 2020, RTEC 209
Tomatoes are the most popular garden crop in the USA, yet they are considered by many Central Oregon gardeners to be notoriously difficult to downright impossible to grow. In truth, tomatoes, like all plants, have basic requirements that can be successfully met, even in our high desert climate. Learn the most important factors for success, including light, temperature, variety, and location.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
A food craving isn't normal hunger or a simple preference, and it often leads to loss of personal control, undermining your diet and sometimes your self-esteem. Cravings can be triggered by low blood sugar, inefficient digestion, nutrient deficiencies, toxicity, hormone imbalances and even poor sleep. These conditions can influence your food choices. Learn simple ways to manage and turn down the volume on food cravings.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Discover simple watercolor techniques to create flowers, trees and cattails with the addition of ink to accent and define shapes. Materials provided.


Monday, May 4, 2020, RDM3 306
This class builds on skills learned in the Watercolor Simplified class. Use salt, plastic wrap, spray bottles, and masking fluid to create texture and depth. Materials provided.


Monday, May 11, 2020, RDM3 306
Explore acrylic gouache, a newer form of gouache painting that has characteristics of both acrylic and gouache painting (opaque watercolor). It can be used as a watermedia that is more transparent like watercolor or more opaquely as acrylics or oils. Join professional artist Barbara Berry to explore this exciting new style of painting. All skill levels welcome. Materials provided except for paper. Paper available for purchase in class at $2-$3/sheet.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Learn about the history, legal requirements and distillation requirements of various styles of whiskey made in the United States. This class is interactive and students will spend part of the evening learning the art of whiskey tasting. You will nose, taste and evaluate a diverse selection of whiskies, such as Bourbon, Rye, Wheat, American Light and non-traditional styles. Students must be 21 years of age or older and bring ID.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Discover wire wrapping and hammered metal jewelry techniques in this one-day workshop. Projects vary, but may include a wrapped stone, a hammered bracelet, or various rings. Great for beginners or those who have taken the class in the past and want to learn some new skills. Bring a lunch and $20 (cash, check or credit card) to purchase kit with supplies to complete 3-6 projects.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Join professional artist Barbara Berry as you learn the principles of translating what you see to paper. Refine your skills by practicing the concepts of volume, perspective, negative space, shading, line and more. Bring a 9" x 12" spiral bound sketchbook. All other materials provided.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Learn how to make beautiful, delicious desserts out of these local gems while they are in season. You will create strawberry tartlettes filled with a vanilla pastry cream and topped with a glazed crown of sliced strawberries. For students ages 10-14.


Sunday, June 14, 2020, CUL 116